Tuesday, April 27, 2010
One of the things I'm most looking forward to this year at the farm is the potential of getting some honey bees. We've briefly discussed it as a group, and it looks like it may happen. Not only would we be helping the plight of the honey bee, but our crops would flourish with the pollination and we would get some delicious comb honey out of the deal. It's just a win-win situation on all accounts. Not to mention the fact that a hive with worker bees and a queen is only around $200 CAD. Between a group of 15-20 people, that's a pretty good investment.
Last year around this time I took a brief seminar on beekeeping. Right now I'm currently on a waiting list for a more in-depth full day course, with time spent in the bee field. The bee field! I first got interested in raising honey bees when I heard about Colony Collapse Disorder and now it's become kind of an obsession. I just can't get it out of my head. So I am pushing for hives at the farm to happen pretty badly. I also requested to be named Chief Bee Officer. If you are at all interested in beekeeping, check out your area for courses. It's not as difficult as you'd think.
All images from Honey Bees.